Every week, we preview all the upcoming games from a fantasy perspective. To help you with lineup decisions regarding most non-superstar players, we give you matchups to exploit, key starting choices and advice on whom to leave on your bench.
Atlanta at New Orleans: The Falcons passed the ball well last week, and WR Brian Finneran could have another good game against a Saints secondary that can be burned often. The New Orleans LBs also might have a lot of trouble keeping Warrick Dunn in check. Rookie Saints RT Jammal Brown quickly has become an asset to the New Orleans offense, and with DE Patrick Kerney (abdomen) hurting, Aaron Brooks might get plenty of time to throw and could post respectable numbers. Antowain Smith should get at least one chance to score from short range. Start and Smile: Brian Finneran, Warrick Dunn. Watch and Worry: Donte' Stallworth.
Carolina at Detroit: Lions RT Kelly Butler will have lots of trouble handling Julius Peppers, and Joey Harrington will take a lot of big hits and won't have enough time to throw on many key passing downs. MLB Dan Morgan will watch RB Kevin Jones closely and should limit his yardage. Detroit DTs Shaun Rogers and Dan Wilkinson could defuse the Carolina ground game, forcing Jake Delhomme to the air often, and he should hook up with Steve Smith for good overall numbers. Start and Smile: Jake Delhomme. Watch and Worry: Joey Harrington, Mike Williams.